1987. USA. Joel Coen. 94 min.
Friday, August 22, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1987. USA. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Music by Carter Burwell. Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld. Editing by Michael R. Miller. Casting by Donna Isaacson, John Lyons. Production design by Jane Musky. Costume design by Richard Hornung. Supervising sound editing by Skip Lievsay. With Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Frances McDormand. In this madcap comedy, incorrigible convenience-store robber H. I. McDunnough marries corrections officer Edwina, and they settle into a sublime domestic life. Only one thing is missing: a little bundle of joy. When they discover they cannot conceive, Ed convinces H. I. to steal a baby from Nathan Arizona, an unpainted-furniture tycoon and father of quintuplets. But soon psychotic cops, escaped convicts, swingers, inept government officials, and a relentless (perhaps imaginary) bounty hunter complicate their criminal quest for familial bliss. Wanting the film to resemble a children's storybook, the Coens relied on Sonnenfeld's cinematography to render everything overtly painterly—to the point of fakeness. Their collaboration with Sonnenfeld introduced many of the idiosyncratic touches that would come to characterize their work. 94 min.